Driveway vigils salute fallen
By Heather Brennan
ON ANZAC Day we honoured those “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.
“Lest we forget”.
This year’s Anzac Day could only be described as one of the most-moving commemorations we have participated in.
Anzac Day should never go unmarked, therefore our sub-branch sought a safe and fitting way to undertake our commemoration.
This gave rise to an early morning service undertaken by Toodyay RSL President Peter Brennan,who laid the first wreath (left), flags were raised at an eerily vacant and solemn Anzac Memorial Park, the ode was recited and the Last Post and Rouse played.
From the photos, phone calls and messages we have received, even with the disappointment felt over the cancellation of services due to the Covid-19 no gatherings rule, most (including Toodyay Fire and rescue volunteers (right) and regular Anzac Parade leader Warren Hall (below) were able to commemorate this day in unique yet safe ways while adhering to the restrictions.
The sub-branch is very impressed and grateful with the way our members and the wider community embraced the driveway vigil and altered commemorations.
We look forward to the day we can meet again and share the camaraderie that would normally accompany this day.
Until then, take care and stay safe.
Our sub-branch would like to sincerely thank the Toodyay Country Women’s Association ladies for their generous and timely donation of freshly baked Anzac biscuits.
Due to Covid-19 social-distancing regulations, the wood raffle on Friday and Saturday May 15 and 16 outside the IGA has been cancelled as has the RSLWA Congress in June.